Occasionally I like to immerse myself into music in a meditative way while laying down. Traditional headphones (cans) aren't very compatible with pillows, so I decided to try these IEMs. My expectation was to get a sound quality with IEMs that would be at least as good as what I get from my Sennheiser HD660s, or better. I opted for the 846s based on a couple of audio magazine reviews that praised their high level of detail and clarity. Of that the 846s have plenty! I used them for listening to classical music from Primephonic and everything else from Tidal via an iPad Pro feeding into an RME ADI-2 DAC/HP amp. (The RME ADI-2 has a dedicated IEM output and is considered to be one of the most accurate and neutral DAC/HP amps on the market.) Clarity, detail and instrumental separation were insanely good with this set-up. Vocals and choral classical music sounded amazing! Sound stage was ok - very large laterally, but lacking 3D depth. (I actually felt like the band/orchestra was playing a bit behind my head.) Violins, brass and cymbals never seemed to have the right timbre, they sounded rather synthetic to me. Other than that, the 846s musical representation was hugely impressive and analytical with regard to performance and recording details. They clearly revealed with utter honesty what many other devices mask. Ultimately, the 846s did not provide me with a relaxing and enjoyable listening experience. Thanks to Crutchfield for their hassle-free return policy!
Pros: Amazing clarity, detail and instrumental separation. Amazing for vocal and choral music! Great for critical and analytical listening. Utterly revealing with regard to performance and recording details and differences. A little finicky to insert, but once they sit properly, they feel very comfortable.
Cons: Lacking clearly visible markings for right/left channel identification. Poor Bluetooth range - dropped out at 18-20 feet distance. Brutally honest representation - nine out of ten recordings did not sound that great anymore all in a sudden. Many historic classical recordings became unlistenable, IMO. (This of course could be a result of my specific DAC/HP amp pairing. Careful amp matching might be necessary.) Performance/price ratio as mere Bluetooth IEM did not impress me.
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